If you want to stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s, then take your gingko biloba and aprender una segunda lengua (learn a second language). Recent evidence suggests that bilingual individuals are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s on average four years later than their single language-speaking counterparts, and bilingual patients also report their symptoms developed five years later than their single-language counterparts. While bilingualism does not prevent Alzheimer’s, it provides protection against the effects of the disease. These benefits extend to those who learn a second language from birth or who acquire a second language later in life. So it’s never too late to start, and learning a second language has never been so accessible.
Mango Is For ESL Speakers and English Speakers
SMCL library cardholders can access Mango (from the Research page), an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and others. Mango can also help second language learners learn English and is available for those speaking Chinese Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.
If you prefer to learn a second language via a more conventional media, the SMCL catalog has many options, including sound recordings, DVD, books, books on CD, and e-book formats, such as Backcountry Mexico: A Traveler's Guide And Phrase Book.
Paula Hess is a Brisbane Public Library intern who speaks a single language and habitually forgets to take her gingko biloba.